The Dragonfly Mission to Titan

September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:40 am PDT

The Dragonfly Mission to Titan by Dr. Ralph Lorenz

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Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10 AM PDT

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The Dragonfly Mission to Titan

 

by

 

Dr. Ralph Lorenz

Principal Professional Staff

Applied Physics Lab., Johns Hopkins University

 

Saturn’s giant moon Titan has been revealed to be remarkably Earth-like, with a landscape of vast dunefields, river channels and lakes under a smoggy sky punctuated by methane downpours. Titan serves as a frigid laboratory in which the same processes that shape our own planet can be seen in action under exotic conditions. Titan has a rich inventory of complex organic molecules that may provide clues how the building blocks of life are assembled. NASA recently selected APL’s Dragonfly mission concept as the next $1B-class New Frontiers mission to launch in 2027, to arrive in the mid-2030s.

 

Dragonfly is an octocopter lander, able to repeatedly take off and fly tens of kilometers in Titan’s dense atmosphere and low gravity to sample the surface in a wide range of geological settings. This presentation will describe the mission and how the concept was developed.

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Dr. Ralph Lorenz worked as an engineer for the European Space Agency on the design of the Huygens probe to Saturn’s moon Titan, and as a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, and since 2006, at the JHU Applied Physics Lab. His activities have centered on Titan, Cassini-Huygens and future missions there, but his interests include Mars, dust devils, sand dunes, planetary atmospheres and landscapes, and aerospace systems. He is associated with NASA’s InSight mission at Mars, the Perseverance rover, the Japanese Venus orbiter Akatsuki, and is the Mission Architect for Dragonfly, NASA’s next New Frontiers mission (a rotorcraft lander for Titan). He is author or co-author of nine books including ‘Lifting Titan’s Veil’, ‘Spinning Flight’, ‘Exploring Planetary Climate’ and ‘Space Systems Failures’, as well as over 300 journal publications.

 

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e-Town Hall Meeting: Mission to Pluto and Beyond with Alice Bowman | Electric Aircraft Survey, Applications and Trade-offs with Dr. Rhon Williams | Detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus w/ Dr. Thomas Navarro

October 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm PDT

e-Town Hall: Mission to Pluto and Beyond w/ Alice Bowman | Electric Aircraft Survey, Applications and Trade-offs w/ Dr. Rhon Williams | Detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus w/ Dr. Thomas Navarro

Oct 3, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:40 PM (PT)

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Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10 AM

e-Town Hall Meeting

Mission to Pluto and Beyond

by

Alice Bowman

AIAA Distinguished Lecturer

AIAA Associate Fellow

NASA New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM),

Space Mission Operations Group supervisor,

Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

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Electric Aircraft Survey, Applications and Trade-offs
by
Dr. Rhon Williams
Program Manager at Northrop Grumman – Retired,
Aviator, Amateur Aircraft Builder,
FAA Safety Team Representative

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Detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus
by
Dr. Thomas Navarro
Research scientist at UCLA and McGill University

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When?
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10 AM (PDT)
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10:05 AM (PDT): Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome)
10:10 AM (PDT): Ms. Alice Bowman
11:40 AM (PDT): Dr. Rhon Williams
01:10 PM (PDT): Dr. Thomas Navarro
02:40 PM (PDT): Adjourn
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What? (Part I) Mission to Pluto and Beyond

Alice Bowman, the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM), talks about the voyage of NASA’s historic mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt– which culminated with the first flight past the distant dwarf planet on July 14, 2015 and the first encounter with a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) on January 1, 2019. She’ll speak about this continuing journey through the eyes of the APL mission operations team and describe some of the technical, scientific, and personal challenges of piloting the New Horizons spacecraft across the solar system on its voyage to the farthest reaches of the planetary frontier.

Who? (Part II) Alice Bowman

Alice Bowman is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. She is the Space Mission Operations Group supervisor and the NASA New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM). She supervises approximately 50 staff members who operate deep space and Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including NASA’s TIMED, STEREO, New Horizons, and Parker Solar Probe. As the New Horizons MOM, Alice leads the team that controls the spacecraft that made a historic flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015. And on New Year’s 2019, just after midnight, New Horizons made history again with a flight past the Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth – the most distant flyby ever conducted, 4 billion miles from Earth. Prior to operating spacecraft, she worked in the fields of computer modeling, drug research and long-wave detector research.
Alice has a degree in chemistry and physics from the University of Virginia and has more than 30 years of experience in space operations. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served on the International SpaceOps Committee since 2009.

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What? (Part II)
Electric Aircraft Survey, Applications and Trade-offs
A survey of past, present, and future aircraft using electric motors to drive propellers, including applications and trade-offs that drive the aircraft design. This rapidly evolving field includes personal sport aircraft, and flight training aircraft that promise lower per hour costs, while providing sufficient flight endurance for much of the typical training activity. There is also much development activity in the future market of urban mobility, and even hybrid powered transport aircraft still in the concept phase.

Who? (Part II) – Dr. Rhon Williams

Rhon grew up in Dayton, Ohio near WPAFB, and got to see all kinds of military planes flying over his house. His Dad took him to air shows, so he gained an interest in aviation at a young age. While earning a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Rhon took flight training as some of his courses, ultimately earning a commercial pilot license, rated to fly single and multiengine airplanes, gliders, and helicopters; and a flight instructor rating for airplanes, instruments, and gliders.

After moving to California, Rhon taught flying part time while working as an engineering manager, and now co-owns a Cirrus SR22, in which he and his wife enjoy many flying trips. Past trips included flying northwest to Banff, northeast to New Jersey, southeast to Bahamas, and southwest to Cabo San Lucas. In 2015, he first flew his Early Bird Jenny, which he built from plans.

After retiring in 2011 as a Program Manager at Northrop Grumman, he now gets to spend more time at the airport playing with airplanes. Partly based on his experience building the Early Bird Jenny, Rhon recently obtained his Airplane & Powerplant Mechanic rating. Rhon is active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Western Museum of Flight, and gives presentations to pilots as an FAA Safety Team representative. He is also a member of IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS.

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What? (Part III)
Detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus
This September, phosphine (PH3), a gas considered as a biosignature for terrestrial atmospheres, has been detected in Venus’ cloud deck by two different telescopes in the same mm waveband spectral line, at a 20 parts per billion level. No known mechanism could explain the presence of phosphine, and so far unknown chemistry or biological processes must be invoked. Much has been said about this discovery, and an astounding buzz ensued, propelling Venus at the top of the list of astrobiological targets in the eyes of the mainstream media. I will provide some important necessary elements about the weird atmospheric chemistry of Venus, reminding us to keep a cold-headed approach in the interpretation of this discovery.


Who? (Part III) – Dr. Thomas Navarro


Thomas Navarro is a research scientist at UCLA and McGill University, studying the climate of extraterrestrial planets. He is a participating scientist of the Japanese mission Akatsuki, currently the only spacecraft orbiting Venus.

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